91 x 111
I started it in 2012.
I usually don't border quilts but I wanted to try some prairie points so I added them to this quilt thinking they would look kind of like leaves.
The body of the quilt is actually a simple snowball/nine patch. Lots of them.
I used a lot of bird fabrics and garden fabrics. If I were to make it over today I wouldn't use so many fabrics with neutral backgrounds. But back when I made this I thought I had read somewhere that when you use a lot of color your eyes need somewhere to rest. Well, not my eyes as I have since found out.
The whole thing is hand quilted. I wasn't sure what to do about those loose and flapping prairie points so I found a leaf stencil and hand quilted leaves in that purple and lime border and then out into the prairie points. Although that was a heck of a lot more work than just tacking at the points I like my decision. But, it took a whole bunch of stab stitching through numerous layers of fabric in places. Sometimes, depending upon where the leaf stencil ended up there were 10 layers of fabric.
The snowballs were hand stitched in a sort of flower shape. Again I used a stencil and if the fabric was light colored I marked with mechanical pencil. If fabric was dark I used chalk. I tried using a mechanical pencil with white lead but the leads kept breaking.
Here you can kind of see the leaves around in the border and another hand quilted flower.
In the nine patches I just quilted diagonal lines. It reminds me of a trellis.
I just finished up the binding early this morning. I normally get up at 4:00 am to get ready for work but for some darned reason I was up at 3:00 a.m this morning so I made some coffee then got stitching. (I hate time changes. I'll probably be ready for bed at 7:30 p.m.) Then I threw it in the washer with a couple of color catchers and then into the dryer. It wasn't quite dry when I took it outside to take photos but I had to get out there while the sun was in the right spot.
The binding finish was my Slow Sunday Stitching today. I have another machine quilted quilt to bind later on this evening and then I will pin baste another quilt and get it ready for the hoop. Hmmm...which one?